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US Expels 3 Venezuela Diplomats in Retaliation

Caracas did the same to three Americans last week

(Newser) - The State Department said today it has expelled three Venezuelan diplomats in response to last week's expulsion of three US consular officials from Caracas. Venezuelan envoys First Secretary Ignacio Luis Cajal Avalos, First Secretary Victor Manuel Pisani Azpurua, and Second Secretary Marcos Jose Garcia Figueredo, have 48 hours to... More »

Maduro Cries Coup as Venezuela Toll Hits 13

Maduro accuses opposition of plotting with US to oust him

(Newser) - Protesters trying to force out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have blocked main roads in Caracas with burning barricades to try and ban access to the capital, reports the BBC . At least 13 people have now been killed in the wave of opposition protests, and hardline demonstrators in the capital and... More »

Amid Protests, Venezuela Silences CNN Reporters

It revokes credentials of 4 in the country

(Newser) - Venezuela's government has revoked the press credentials of journalists from CNN after President Nicolas Maduro blasted the television network's coverage of political protests. The network said four of its journalists were notified by the Information Ministry that they are no longer allowed to report in the country. Maduro... More »

Venezuela Boots US Officials It Spied on for Months

Maduro claims they were conspiring with opposition

(Newser) - As violent protests rocked Venezuela for a fifth straight night yesterday, President Nicolás Maduro ordered the expulsion of three US officials who, he said, were conspiring with the opposition. Maduro's announcement came after the Obama administration publicly sided with opposition leader Leopoldo López, the AP reports. Maduro... More »

Venezuela Prez Blames Crime on ... Telenovelas

He swipes at one, featuring a murderous beauty queen, in particular

(Newser) - President Nicolas Maduro has a rather unlikely new villain as he campaigns to bring down Venezuela's spiraling crime : telenovelas. He accuses the TV soap operas of spreading "anti-values" to young people by glamorizing violence, guns, and drugs; the UN ranks Venezuela's homicide rate as the fifth highest... More »

Murdered Ex-Miss Venezuela Had Been Attacked Before

Monica Spear was no stranger to violence, but refused to leave country she loved

(Newser) - A high-profile shooting in Venezuela continues to grab headlines, with the Monday night murder of well-known soap-opera actress and former Miss Venezuela shining a light on the country's rampant violence—as the nation's leader tries to shift the focus. President Nicolas Maduro yesterday tried to paint Monica Spear'... More »

'Yankees Go Home!': Venezuela Boots Top US Diplomat

Opposition leader says Maduro is just blowing smoke

(Newser) - President Nicolas Maduro has announced the expulsion of the top US diplomat in Venezuela and two other embassy officials, alleging they conspired with "the extreme right" to sabotage the economy and power grid. The US Embassy rejected as unfounded the Venezuelan government's accusations of "a great psychological... More »

70% of Venezuela Goes Dark

President Nicolas Maduro blames saboteurs

(Newser) - Activity in Venezuela effectively ground to a halt yesterday, as a blackout plunged 70% of the country into darkness just after noon. Parts of the capital, which the AP reports normally escapes such outages, were affected, rendering traffic lights dark and forcing companies to send thousands of workers home. The... More »

Brawl Breaks Out at Venezuela National Assembly

Opposition told they can't speak until they recognize Maduro

(Newser) - Rival lawmakers in Venezuela are blaming each other for a National Assembly slugfest that left seven opposition lawmakers injured. State TV cameras in the chamber were pointed toward the ceiling during the brawl, which erupted after opposition lawmakers were denied the right to speak until they recognize Nicolas Maduro's... More »

Maduro Grabs State TV to Blast US, 'Nazi' Opposition

As Washington demands recount

(Newser) - Venezuela's new honcho is proving to be no less dramatic than Hugo Chavez, with Nicolas Maduro breaking into state television no fewer than three times yesterday to blast the US and opponent Henrique Capriles. As the New York Times reports, Maduro worked "himself into what seemed to be... More »

Protests Rage After Venezuela Refuses to Recount

Capriles not accepting 'illegitimate ' result

(Newser) - Police in Caracas fired tear gas to disperse furious opposition supporters after Venezuelan electoral authorities decided there would be no recount of the presidential election result, despite Nicolas Maduro's slender margin of victory . Opposition leader Henrique Capriles insists that he, not Hugo Chavez's anointed heir, is the real... More »

Chavez Heir Squeaks a Win in Venezuela; Recount Sought

Maduro took 50.7% to Capriles' 49.1%

(Newser) - Nicolas Maduro, the former bus driver Hugo Chavez chose as his political heir, has triumphed in Venezuela's presidential election by a margin much narrower than expected. Electoral official say Maduro took 50.7% of the votes to 49.1% for opposition challenger Henrique Capriles, the AP reports. Maduro, who... More »

Venezuela Votes in a Referendum on Chavez

Maduro still favored, but many are disenchanted with Hugo's legacy

(Newser) - Election day in Venezuela began today before dawn, with lines forming in the dark as bugle calls and a recording of the late Hugo Chavez singing the national anthem rang out. Chavez haunts the proceedings in more than one way, with handpicked successor and longtime deputy Nicolas Maduro facing a... More »

Venezuela's Maduro: A Curse on Opposition

Capriles responds that real curse would be continuing Chavez legacy

(Newser) - There's a week left in Venezuela's presidential campaign, and for those voters still sitting on the fence, Hugo Chavez's handpicked heir is offering up a little incentive in the form of a curse on those who would vote against him. "If anyone among the people votes... More »

Now US Trying to Kill Candidate, Claims Venezuela

'Nonsense,' says former Bush official cited in Maduro's allegation

(Newser) - American right-wingers are conspiring to take action in Venezuela and kill ... its pro-business opposition leader Henrique Capriles? That's the theory being pushed by acting president Nicolas Maduro, reports Reuters . "We have detected plans by the far right, linked to the groups of (former Bush administration officials) Roger Noriega... More »

Chavez May Not Be Embalmed After All

VP Maduro says his body wasn't prepared in time

(Newser) - Looks like Hugo Chavez will not be joining the ranks of Mao and Lenin as leaders embalmed for all eternity. Venezuelan VP Nicolas Maduro said today that plans to put Chavez's body on permanent display will likely be scrapped, reports AP . Maduro said the government consulted Russian experts who... More »

Chavez Poison Theory Being Investigated

Nicolas Maduro hints that he's accusing US

(Newser) - Apparently Venezuela is taking this whole Chavez- was - poisoned theory pretty seriously: Acting President Nicolas Maduro told a regional TV network last night that the country will launch a formal inquiry into just how Chavez ended up with cancer, Reuters reports. "We will seek the truth," Maduro... More »

Chavez Funeral Details a Mystery Hours From Its Start

As leaders from 5 continents flock to Venezuela

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez's state funeral is today, and leaders from around the world have traveled to Caracas for the event—which is set to begin at 10:30am local time but whose details have been, per the AP , "shrouded in astonishing secrecy." At least 50 countries from five... More »

Chavez's Body Will Go On Permanent Display

So 'his people will always have him,' says VP

(Newser) - Venezuela is giving Hugo Chavez the Mao treatment: His body will go on permanent display at a museum near the presidential palace, reports AP . Chavez will be in a glass casket so "his people will always have him," says VP Nicolas Maduro. The state funeral for Chavez—who... More »

Chavez's Last Words: 'Please Don't Let Me Die'

Venezuelan leader died of a heart attack: official

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez died of a massive heart attack, the head of his presidential guard said last night, and with his last words the Venezuelan leader expressed his desire to live. "He couldn't speak but he said it with his lips ... 'I don't want to die. Please... More »

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